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All-Aussie surf affair after giant upset

AAP logoAAP 28/07/2016

Up-and-coming Australian surfer Keely Andrew has set her sights on high-flying countrywoman Tyler Wright after upsetting defending world champion Carissa Moore at the US Open.

Andrew shocked the three-time world champion in the fourth round, pulling off a late ride of 6.13 in the final minutes to set up the 0.36-point win on the combined two-wave score.

It means she will now face Wright - currently second in the standings - in a quarter-final on Friday (Saturday AEST), aiming for her first semi-final appearance in just her 10th top-line event.

Six-time world champion Stephanie Gilmore will be the only other Australian in the final eight after Sally Fitzgibbons and Laura Enever were both eliminated in their fourth-round heats on Thursday (Friday AEST).

However their losses did little to take away from Andrew's success, who used swells of less than a metre to her advantage in California.

"It is small and it's kind of weak out there so similar to back home on the Sunshine Coast," she said.

"I knew if I stuck to those rights, I would make it through."

Andrew can take the confidence from her second major upset of the week into the bout, though, having previously beaten France's fourth-ranked Johanne Defay in the second round before the win over Moore.

"Just having the opportunity to surf against Carissa (Moore) is insane because she has always been one of my influences growing up," she said.

The fourth round wasn't so kind to Fitzgibbons, who was narrowly beaten by Sage Erickson of the United States.

Fitzgibbons led late into the heat, before Erickson came over the top of the Australian with a late ride of 6.07 to claim a 0.17-point victory.

Enever was also beaten in a close contest, with her combined wave score of 13.00 beaten by Hawaiian Tatiana Weston-Webb's 14.16 in their fourth-round heat.

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